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Don’t buy that failed Change Management is your fault (or anyone else’s fault)

When change management fails or falls short of expectations, there is a lot of disappointment and frustration. After all, you and others, have been working very hard and it hurts not to see the changes you were striving for. On top of that, a failed CM project can be risky for the whole organisation and [...]

Pioneering – How to achieve complex goals in a complex environment

It gets tricky when organizations want to achieve complex goals in a complex environment. This can often be seen, for example, in the case of digitization or other IT Systems integration, corporate acquisition and merger, cultural change or a growth strategy. Here are three clear signs of this double complexity: Previous well-proven best practices, project plans [...]

Why Change Management is a disaster

There are a lot of types of organisational change such as strategy implementation, leadership development and cultural change programmes. As different as they are, they have one thing in common: they mostly fail. According to several studies, e.g. a meta study from Martin E. Smith (2002) covering 49 single studies, organisational change has an overall [...]

Aha-experiences in Change Management

A few days ago, I had an interesting conversation with two experienced HR Managers. They told me about several of their change initiatives and the sheer myriad of change management methodologies available to choose from. There was the systemic approach, and team building, and large group interventions, and many more. All of them offering the [...]

Pit Stops for Management

From Deborah Koehler Zoom! Swoosh! Bang! Cheer! There is adrenalin in the air. The excitement spreads through the Pit. The driver is pulling into the pit stop: this time for a tire rotation and spark plug change. Time is running fast. In the background the sounds of a Formula 500 race continue. In all the [...]

10 things you might want to know about great teams (and organisations)

From Thomas Schulte Are you working in an excellent team? Does your organisation have a culture of excellence regarding team work? Here are ten ways to find out: Great organisations are firmly grounded on a meaningful idea and a significant purpose, both of which are implemented over time by a sequence of highly motivating goals. [...]

How to turn your company into a team (of teams)

From Thomas Schulte A company that’s a team (of teams) is special. It cannot be thrown off course by unexpected events and challenges. Its people work seamlessly, are flexible and creative and able to overcome almost any crisis. Change is naturally integrated into the DNA of their organisation. If you have ever worked in such [...]

Coaching Sisyphus at work

From Thomas Schulte Sometimes I am Sisyphus. As the legend goes, Sisyphus was sentenced for life, to push his boulder up a mountain again and again, only to watch it sliding back down just before he had reached the summit. What was meant to be a harsh penalty for a severe crime (betraying death), turned [...]